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MLS Ticker: Robles signs new contract, Perez Garcia to leave Orlando City and more

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The New York Red Bulls reaffirmed their commitment to stability between the posts by signing Luis Robles to a new MLS contract on Wednesday. The 33-year-old stalwart has racked up both team and league records during his tenure with the Red Bulls.

Robles holds the franchise record for shutouts (43), goals-against average (1.

VIDEO - Every Goal from MLS Week Five

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An Henry wonder-goal here, a Villareal late-winner there, and twenty or so other great strikes (including former Austin Aztex Dillion Powers for Colorado Rapids) from week five of Major League Soccer.

Every goal from MLS courtesy of Kick TV.

Defense, Timely Scoring carries Galaxy past FC Dallas

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It was a vintage 2011 performance by the Los Angeles Galaxy Sunday against FC Dallas.

The Galaxy backline was the catalyst Sunday in its important MLS matchup against Dallas, making life tough for the visiting side while waiting for scoring chances that eventually came in the second half courtesy of Juninho and Todd Dunivant, which paved the way for a 2-0 win over FC Dallas at the Home Depot Center.

Jose Villareal’s Amazing First MLS Goal

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LA Galaxy's new teenage sensation Jose Villareal scores his first ever MLS goal to make it 2-2 against the Whitecaps last night, having only made his debut last week replacing Robbie Keane a few days after turning eighteen.


Europa League Rewind: Villareal stuns Liverpool, Sevilla-Shakhtar tie

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The two sides seemed destined for a tie before they headto England next week, but Villareal changed the script against Liverpool at El Madrigal.

The Europa League semifinals got off to a flying start, as Villareal sunk Liverpool with a late winner at home. Adrian's goal in stoppage time was enough to provide the Yellow Submarine with the advantage before the two teams square off on May 5 at Anfield.

4 Unheralded players ready to take this La Liga Season By Storm

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With the 2014-2015 on the verge of starting, and many of the big names hogging the headlines, this is the chance to tae a look at 4 less fancied players who will no doubt take Spanish football by storm this campaign, so take a look as this lot are sure to entertain La Liga's fan throughout the coming campaign.

FC Barcelona

Advantage Barça at home, Spanish four advance in Europe

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* The 230th clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid was of course the match of the week, with 98,760 in the Camp Nou and an estimated global TV audience of 400 million.

Barça arrived the clear favourites on the back of their excellent form and Real the underdogs based on the Champions League loss to Schalke, Cristiano Ronaldo's grouchy mood, Gareth Bale's only recently re-watered goal drought and James Rodriguez' ongoing injury absence.

FC Barcelona - 3, Villareal - 1 | Barca in Pole position to make to the Copa del Rey Final | FC Barcelona Videos

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FC Barcelona took a huge step to yet another Copa del Rey final with a very well fought 3-1 victory against Villareal. The Yellow submarine who has been in some sensational form recently found themselves at the end of an onslaught from Barca at the Camp Nou. To their credit their tactics was completely different from the team which played against us recently.

FC Barcelona - 3, Villareal - 2 | Full Match Highlights | Barca Match Videos

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Highlights from Barca's 3-2 victory against Villareal which helped them stay close to leaders Real madrid and ahead of defending Champions Atletico Madrid. Something strange is happening nowadays with Messi this season. Messi has been scoring so many goals with his weaker right foot this season. Yesternight he raised that one notch up by scoring a sensational Golazo with his right foot.

Xavi Hernandez – Spain’s Greatest Ever Midfielder

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If you where to take a casual stroll past one of the many Plaza's that you could come upon in any one of the Spanish cities, or towns across the length and breadth of the nation. You would no doubt find a group of small children, set upon an impromptu football match in said Local Square.

Dani Alves wird mit Banane beworfen und isst den Rassismus einfach auf

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Dani Alves wird mit Banane beworfen und isst den Rassismus einfach auf

Dani Alves, Abwehrspieler beim FC Barcelona, hat am letzten Wochenende das einzig richtige getan. Beim Auswärtsspiel des FC Barcelona gegen den FC Villareal wurde er bei einem Eckball mit einer Banane beworfen. Das brachte ihn aber nicht aus der Fassung wie der Werfer vermutlich beabsichtigt hatte, statt dessen nahm Dani.

Barca Match Highlight - Barca - 3, Villareal - 2

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Two own goals and one Lionel Messi goal completed another come-back from behind victory for Barca, this time at El Madrigal, Villareal. After going down 2-0, Barca showed immense courage to bounce back. It can be argued that the performance was bit crappy at times, but one should not discount the mental stat of our players.

FC Barcelona - 2, Villareal - 1 All Goals Video

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All goals from tonight's Barca's victory over Villareal.

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FC Barcelona - 2, Villareal - 1; Neymar Brace hands Barca vital Home Victory

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Neymar scored twice at the Camp Nou to take Barca to a deserving 2-1 victory over a hard working Villareal side. In a matter of three days Neymar was once again the Master on the Pitch, enthralling the fans, harassing the opponent and most importantly scoring the goals. In the end he had to consider himself pretty unlucky not to have completed his hat trick tonight.

La Liga 2012-13 Season Review

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The 2012-13 La Liga season finally came to a close this weekend with an exciting final day to cap an exciting and entertaining season. Despite the admittedly top-heavy nature of the league, there's always plenty going on below Barcelona and Real Madrid and their seemingly eternal power struggle at the top of the table.

Mediterranean International Cup Day 1: Scouting the top Academies

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Opening Ceremony: Three of our boys facing us in the foreground.

The Giants Smash the Minnows

Day 1 of the MIC allowed for the Giants of the soccer world, Manchester United, FC Barcelona, Ajax and Villareal, to showcase their class against local inferior teams.


Why Paulista is PERFECT transfer for Arsenal

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Arsenal have yet to wrap up the transfer deal to bring Gabriel Paulista from his La Liga club Villareal to the Emirates and the Premier League, but everything points to it happening in the next few days. The Brazilian player, his current coach Marcelino and even Arsene Wenger have admitted to the talks going on [.

Wenger CONFIRMS transfer plans! Paulista a DONE DEAL?

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It is not like Arsene Wenger to tell the football media anything at all about his Arsenal transfer plans. All the Frenchman usually says is something along the lines of, we are working hard, it is difficult and there is no point signing any players just for the sake of it. And it is January [...]

La Liga boss CONFIRMS defender’s likely transfer to Arsenal

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After being the subject of some Arsenal transfer rumours in recent weeks, the Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista, who is currently starring for La Liga club Villareal, spoke out to welcome the interest from the Gunners. The 24-year old said that the whole thing was being handled by his agent, but he made no secret of [.

Arsenal MUST NOT sell Cazorla to Man City

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I know that the title of this article sounds obvious, but there were rumours yesterday that Arsenal's Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla could be one of the first targets for the new manager at Manchester City, assuming that the rumours are true and it is going to be Manuel Pellegrini from Malaga.

Pellegrini clearly did not want to sell Cazorla to Arsenal last summer, but the financial starits that Malaga were in left him no choice.

Why Cazorla has become so important to Arsenal

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Santi Cazorla fits into the Arsenal way of playing like a hand in a glove, and has become a vital and integral part of the Gunners. The Spaniard has played in every single Premier league game this season, starting all but one of them. He also started all the Champions league games except the final one where Arsene Wenger rested a lot of players.

SWOL Arsenal Month: Jens Lehmann and That Villareal Save

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I've always felt that Quentin Tarantino doesn't so much make great films as make great scenes. The kind that get the heart pumping; saturated as they are with wit and drama. Large parts of his movies are actually plodding pastiche padded out with some swears and a bit of the old ultra-violence. But with the rising inflection of Samuel L.

Cazorla & Giroud & Podolski, OH MY!

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Quite the transfer market for our gunners huh!? Obviously by now we are all well aware of our latest signing, Santi Cazorla from Malaga. To be perfectly honest, even though I had only heard of the guy in passing prior to the rumor mill starting to turn, this most recent signing is the one that excites me the most.

Santi Cazorla’s coming to town

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Santi Cazorla. (Wikipedia)

It's official. Santiago Cazorla González, best known to his mates as Santi Cazorla, is now an Arsenal player. The ambidextrous 27-year-old midfielder has been capped 45 times for his country, and that's no mean feat when your national side, Spain, is the reigning European and world champion.

Santi Cazorla is finally at Arsenal

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The CF Malaga man is finally a Gunner. And he's losing no time talking about his ambitions to see Arsenal end a long drought without silverware. Cazorla seems to have come to the Emirates with the right attitude. His statement should earn many more fans.

"There's a very good squad here and we want to fight for titles and win titles.


Celtic and Villareal Make Good of International Break by Making a 13 Year Old Cancer Sufferer’s Dream Come True!

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I wouldn't be a big fan of International breaks by any stretch of the means but if friendlies like this one between Villareal and Celtic were to be arranged to correspond with the break it would make it much more worthwhile and more entertaining if England's friendly with Norway was anything to go by.

Stunning Giovani Dos Santos Free-Kick v Real Madrid

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Goal dos Santos Real Madrid 3-2 Villarreal... by Bein2014

He seems to be around a lot longer than his 24 years suggest, but nevertheless despite being a flop at Tottenham Giovani Dos Santos has been showing signs of what Tottenham paid Barcelona £6m for in 2008, with this stunning free-kick against Real Madrid even if it was just a consolation goal.

Brilliant Gareth Bale Finish Against Villareal on Return to Real Madrid Duty

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Goal Gareth Bale Real Madrid 1-0 Villarreal... by Bein2014

Gareth bale takes advantage of a huge error from Villareal's Dorado to cooly dink the ball over the advancing keeper to give Real Madrid the lead inside seven minutes.


RMTV Extra Time: Review - Real Madrid 4 - Villarreal 2

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2014-02-10: Merengue Bites Podcast Episode 3 (Real Madrid 4 - Villarreal 2)

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I had the privilege to host the podcast last weekend, where the boys and I discussed Real Madrid's 4-2 win over Villarreal as we looked forward to the second leg match of the Copa Del Rey vs. Atleti tomorrow.
We also took in a few questions from the comments section of the blog as well as from twitter.

Struggling to Make the Puzzle Pieces Fit

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What a disgusting result. What a disgusting performance. . After celebrating the fact that Real Madrid supposedly went off to its best start with 9 points from 3 matches before the international break - Real Madrid finally dropped points last night in El Madrigal. And with that draw, we have now finally allowed eternal rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have now leapfrogged us in the league table with their respective 100% records (I honestly wonder when Barcelona are finally going to let a second half collapse do them in).

Struggling to Make the Puzzle Pieces Fit

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What a disgusting result. What a disgusting performance. . After celebrating the fact that Real Madrid supposedly went off to its best start with 9 points from 3 matches before the international break - Real Madrid finally dropped points last night in El Madrigal. And with that draw, we have now finally allowed eternal rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have now leapfrogged us in the league table with their respective 100% records (I honestly wonder when Barcelona are finally going to let a second half collapse do them in).


Campeonato Espanhol - 3ª Divisão - Grupo C - 2012/2013

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Classificação Geral 1 P J
1º Huracán Valencia 14 6
2º Llagostera 11 6
3º Español B 11 6
3º Olimpic Xativá 11 6
5º Prat 10 6
6º Sant Andreu 10 6
7º L Hospitalet 9 5
8º Binissalem 9 6
9º Constancia 8 6
10º Levante B 8 6
10º Atlético Baleares 8 6
12º Reus Deportiu 7 6
13º Badalona 6 5
14º Alcoyano 5 6
15º Ontinyent 5 6
16º Mallorca B 5 6
17º Villareal B 4 5
18º Yeclano 4 6
19º Valencia Mestalla 4 6
20º Orihuela 3 4
21º G.

Campeonato Espanhol - 3ª Divisão - Grupo C - 2012/2013

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Classificação Geral 1 1º Badalona 1º Gimnástic de Tarragona 1º L´Hospitalet 1º Llagostera 1º Prat 1º Reus Deportiu 1º Sant Andreu 1º Español "B" 1º Alcoyano 1º Huracán Valencia 1º Levante "B" 1º Olimpic de Xativá 1º Ontinyent 1º Orihuela 1º Valencia Mestalla 1º Villareal "B" 1º Atlético Baleares 1º Binissalem 1º Constancia 1º Mallorca "B"

Manchester City

Mid-Day Ticker: Forlan signs in Brazil, FIFA defends rankings & more

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Any hopes of Diego Forlan coming to MLS in the near future have been dashed.

The Golden Ball winner at the 2010 World Cup has signed with Brazilian club Internacional, the team announced. The deal will keep the 33-year-old Uruguay veteran with the club through July 2015.

The striker had played with Inter Milan since transferring from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

6 Personalities to Watch at Euro 2012

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In less than a week, Europe's top international squads will compete for the European Championship, a tournament that gives anyone in play the most random opportunity to win. Squads full of top class players from around the continent will have finished up their club seasons, and because everyone just spent a huge amount of time killing themselves to win UFEA or league titles, almost every squad will have some players tuckered out and nursing some sort of an injury.

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Jonathan Dos Santos joins Brother Giovani at Villareal

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Finally it will happen - Jonathan Dos Santos will get a chance to do other things than twitter updates. Yes, you heard it right - he decided that he has time left to play football and decided to join Villareal. I was one of the few who was delighted to see him stay last season. But an injury and general reluctance by Tata Martino to use youngsters saw him doing nothing other than social media updates.

Real Madrid v Villareal Highlights: Gareth Bale Scores on Debut as Madrid Draw

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Villarreal 2-2 Real Madrid (All Goals) 14.09... by ourmatch

It seemed as if the whole world was watching on Saturday evening as Real Madrid visited Villareal in La Liga. New world record signing Gareth Bale was given the nod by Carlo Ancelotti and the Welsh international instantly repaid his manager's faith by leveling the score after Villareal took the lead early.

Transfer Window Review: Swansea City

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COVER STAR: Wilfried Bony on the front cover of Saturday's programme v @ManUtd. Pre-order > Swansea City FC (@SwansOfficial) August 15, 2013 Five word review: Europa League squad building exercise. In: Wilfried Bony (Vitesse Arnhem, £12m), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool, £5m rising to £6m), Jordi Amat (Espanyol, £2.

Reserves show their Value for Galaxy in CCL match

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Having won a hard fought match on Sunday against FC Dallas and with another big match against the Vancouver Whitecaps looming on Saturday, Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena sent out the reserves for Wednesday's CONCACAF Champions League matchup against the Puerto Rico Islanders.

The move paid off, as goals from four different players enabled the Galaxy to collect three points in its final home match of the competition and thus sit in first place in the group courtesy of a 4-0 win over the Islanders at the Home Depot Center.